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He (Helen) Huang

4402D Engineering Building III,

Research Areas:
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
  • M.S., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
  • B.S., Xi'an Jiaotong University, China


Helen’s research interest lies in science and technology that can establish and enhance a symbiotic relationship between humans and wearable assistive machines (such as robotic prostheses and exoskeletons) in order to improve mobility and quality of life of individuals with disabilities. Her research goal is to create breakthroughs in human-machine symbiotic (HMS) systems that empower disabled people to lead more active and productive lives.

Dr. Huang is also the Director of the Closed-Loop Engineering for Advanced Rehabilitation (CLEAR) core and the co-director of NIDILRR funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center, called Assisting Stroke Survivors with Engineering Technology (ASSET). Dr. Huang is a current Editorial Board Member for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, and the Wearable Technologies, and a guest Editor for the IEEE Transaction on Robotics and Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering.

*For current projects and open opportunities, check our lab or CLEAR websites

Research Interests

Rehabilitation robotics
Neural-machine interface
Robotic prosthetics and exoskeletons
Optimal adaptive control
Human-robot interactions


2023 IEEE Fellow, through the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
2021 ALCOA Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award, NC State University
2021 Statistics in Physical Engineering Sciences Award (SPES Award), American Statistical Association (ASA)
2021 AIMBE Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
2020 Named to the Jackson Family Distinguished Professor, NC State University
2019 Selected Organization Committee Member for China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, US National Academy of Engineering
2017 Selected Participant for China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, US National Academy of Engineering,
2015 University Faculty Scholar, North Carolina State University
2015 Selected Participant for U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, US National Academy of Engineering
2012 Elevated to Senior Member of the IEEE
2012 NSF Faculty Early CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, USA
2011 Outstanding Intellectual Property Development, Awarded by the President of URI
2008 Winner, the Delsys Prize for Innovation in Electromyography, Delsys Inc. MA, USA
2008 Switzer Research Fellowship: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education

Courses Taught

BME355 Bio-controls

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